She was born March 7, 1917, in Clay County, the daughter of Clarence "C.A." Downs and Bertha Danberry Downs.
She graduated from Van Buren High School.
June 15, 1940, she married Wesley J. "Johnny" Ray. She kept many books for Johnny's body shop, called Ray's Auto Service in Carbon.
In 1951, they moved to Arizona. While in Arizona, she was very involved in the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was the Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Arizona in 1969.
She has been in OES for more than 50 years.
In 1976, they moved back to Clay County and she enjoyed her years as homemaker.
She enjoyed playing the piano and she and Johnny spent many good times camping.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wesley J. Ray June 10, 1999, brother Lawrence "Shortie" Ray, half-brother Albert Downs, and half-sister Myrtle Pilant.
Survivors include sons John Ray and wife Mary, Brazil, Jim Ray and wife Terry, Chula Vista, Calif., and Terry Ray and wife Tammy, Brazil, grandchildren Susan Ray, Karleigh Ray, Wendy Kunz, Monica Elhen, Theresa Mattieson, Christine Norris, and Hayden Ray, eight great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will take place Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home, with Rev. Rick Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5-7 p.m., and again one hour prior to services Wednesday.
Eastern Star Service will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the OES, Chapter No. 80. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.